2010 Arts Festival kicks off today with the Handmade Parade


Arts Festival promo booklet cover

Arts Festival promo booklet cover

Sitting at home this evening, looking over the beautiful valley I live in as the thunderstorm approaches, it is hard to believe that Hebden Bridge was basking in both sunshine and glory this afternoon as the Handmade Parade made its way from St George’s Square to Calder Holmes Park.

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

For those of you reading this that don’t really know much about Hebden Bridge, our Handmade Parade is a community-generated parade led by local artists which celebrates the creativity, variety and the uniqueness of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and its surrounding areas.

Hebden Rainbow - photograph by Nigel Hillier, local and internationally acclaimed photographer

Hebden Rainbow - photograph by Nigel Hillier, local and internationally acclaimed photographer

As an area fiercely proud of its local character our parade is not your average small town parade. So many people visited today; the streets were full, the sun shone and the music sang out.

2010 Handmade Parade Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is a community event about art not advertisement:

There are no written words or logos and no motorised vehicles, only passionate people and a bespoke not-for-profit community interest company made up of local artists and professional organisers.

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

The Handmade Parade is a truly  awe-inspiring parade, in which around 650 people wear the fantastic costumes and carry the spectacular parade art made in open parade art workshops and outreach sessions for schools and other community groups.

I was so happy to sneak out of Heart Gallery for 20 minutes to watch some of this today!

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

For more information please visit

http://www.hebdenbridgeparade.org/about_us.html

where I am sure in the not too distant future there will be a gallery of more beautiful pictures from our 2010 Handmade Parade.

In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed the few snaps I took today and … of course … I know we shall see you next year!

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

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